Student Was Refused Laptop At Library Because ‘You…Look Like A Girl’
Florida Atlantic University student Abdul Asquith was told by a school librarian that he couldn’t check out a laptop computer because, “You sound, look, and act like a girl and in this ID is a man, therefore I’m not giving you a laptop.”
Though Asquith admits he sometimes wears feminine clothes, on this particular day he was wearing shorts and a hoodie and had his hair pulled back. He identifies as a gay man, but this would constitute discrimination based on his perceived gender identity, demonstrating how comprehensive nondiscrimination protections are important for all communities.
Asquith was finally able to use a laptop for his studies, but only after he asked three different librarians. Watch WPTV’s report about the incident.